Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses
Adams is a filmmaker whose life and work appear to be completely unknown today, as we have conducted a fruitless search to obtain biographical and filmographic information. He covered a breadth of territory, and we suspect that he might have made dozens of films on Mexican themes. His narration is not the most compelling, but he was a very good cinematographer, and apparently insisted upon superior print materials, as his color is exceptional for the era. Here, he describes the myriad uses of this interesting plant, including fences, paper, tequila, pulque, needle and thread and rope.
Producer Ralph AdamsProduction Company Ralph Adams ProductionsSponsor Castellano Family FoundationAudio/Visual sound, color
October 22, 2009
The best documentary ever.